K-pop superstar dead at 27
ONE of Korea's top pop stars has died aged 27 at his home in Gangnam.
Kim Jong-hyun, who performed as part of the K-pop mega band Shinee, took his own life according to local reports.
He was more commonly known as the single name Jonghyun.
A statement from Gangnam Police confirmed that the talented musician's sister called officers with concerns that Kim was threatening to take his own life.
It read: "On December 18, 2017 at 4:42PM Jonghyun's older sister reported to Police that her brother was about to commit suicide.
"We went to his residence in Chungdam and discovered that he had attempted to commit suicide.
"Emergency responders were with us at the time so we rushed him to the Konkuk University Hospital in a state of cardiac arrest."
Heartbroken fans are already flooding social media with gushing tributes to the tragic singer.
One tweeted: "Sending my condolence to Shawol and SHINee members and Jong Hyun's Family, of course.
"Kim Jong Hyun, rest in peace, you're talented. You're worth and the best. Once again, rest in peace."
Earlier this year SHINee released their fifth Japanese album and were touring Japan until April this year.
They also played the Tokyo Dome in September.
The group were formed in 2008 with Jonghyn beginning to write songs for the idols the following year.
SHINee have been called the Princes of K-Pop due to their complex dance routines and incredible live vocals, earning huge hits with songs including Sherlock, Replay, Ring Ding Dong and Dream Girl.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission.